With the unemployment rate now at 4.8 percent -- well within the Fed's central tendency of 4.7 to 5.0 percent -- it's hard to argue that the jobs market isn't humming. But the inflation part of the mandate requires careful attention because the central bank continues to miss its target of 2 percent.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has acknowledged that Brexit uncertainty may cause firms to delay investment.
To the absolute surprise of no one, Chinese economic growth came in at an annualised growth rate of 6.7 per cent in 2016.
- USDJPY: 115.17
- EURUSD: 1.0633
- S&P 500: 2263.69
- NASDAQ : 5540.08